Marco Bollesan

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Marco Bollesan
Full name Marco Bollesan
Date of birth (1941-07-07) July 7, 1941 (age 75)
Place of birth Chioggia, Venice, Italy
Occupation(s) Iron worker, Management, Public relations
Rugby union career
Position(s) Number 8
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
CUS Genova
Amatori Milano
Correct as of 3 June 2009
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1963-1975 Italy 47 ((24))
Correct as of 3 June 2009
Teams coached
Years Team
Amatori Milano
CUS Genoa
Correct as of 3 June 2009

Marco Bollesan (born 7 July 1941) is an Italian former rugby union player, coach and manager.


Born in Genoa; later he got a job as iron worker at the Italsider and started playing rugby as senior at the CUS Genoa Rugby (the University of Genoa rugby union team).

During the conscription period he practiced rowing for the Italian National Military selection, but afterwards he returned to rugby. He made his international debut with the Italian team in 1963 at Grenoble against France (Italy lost 12-14).

Until 1975 he won 47 full caps and played 37 matches as captain.

In 1965 he moved from Genoa to Naples to play with the Partenope that had just won the Italian championship. In order to get that the Neapolitan club's managed to get from Italsider the moving of the player from Genoa to the steel mill located in Bagnoli, near Neaples. In 1966 Partenope won its second in a row - and to date, last - Championship.

In 1967 Bollesan moved to Genoa, then, in 1974 to Brescia winning another Championship in 1975. He was then at Amatori Rugby Milano, until 1981 as player and until 1985 as coach.

From 1985 to 1988 he was the Italian National Team's head coach and took part at the 1987 Rugby World Cup.

Later he managed Rugby Livorno, CUS Genova and Rugby Alghero.

In 1997, when Amatori Milano was facing dire straits due to lack of money, he offered to coach the team for free.

From 2003 to the 2008 Six Nations he has been responsible for public relations for the Italian Rugby Federation, and is currently the chairman of SportinGenova, a company that manage all the sport venues owned by the comune of Genoa.


As player[edit]

  • 2 Italian Championships:
    • Partenope 1965-1966
    • Rugby Brescia 1974-1975
  • Italy national rugby union team: 47 full caps (37 as captain) 1963-1975

As coach[edit]


External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Italy Paolo Paladini/Marco Pulli
Italy National Rugby Union Coach
Succeeded by
Italy Loreto Cucchiarelli